RUSSIA – Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group, boasted on Monday that his march on Moscow was a “master lesson” in how the Russian military should have carried out the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The invasion took place in February 2022
Putin says the failure of the uprising gave Russia’s opponents an opportunity to gain an advantage. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group, boasted on Monday that his march on Moscow was a “master lesson” in how the Russian military should have carried out the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The The invasion took place in February 2022.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the organizers of a revolt that took place this weekend “traitors” for playing into the hands of the Ukrainian administration and its government’s allies. The brief uprising by armed mercenaries, which posed the biggest challenge to Putin’s rule to date, was put down in less than twenty-four hours. Putin said the country had maintained its unity and he praised rank-and-file mercenaries for preventing the situation from deteriorating into “bloodshed”.
Earlier in the day, the rebellion’s leader, mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, defended his brief uprising. He mocked the Russian armed forces while saying he had no intention of overthrowing Putin through a military coup. In his broadcast speech, Putin did not specifically mention Prigozhin, but he said the mutiny organizers had tried to force the group’s soldiers “to shoot their own”. Putin blamed the “enemies of Russia” and claimed that they “miscalculated.
“The Kremlin also released a video showing Vladimir Putin meeting with senior military, law enforcement and other security agency officials. Earlier in the day, authorities also released a video showing Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, whose removal Prigozhin had sought, inspecting Russian troops in Ukraine.
Prigozhin claimed he was taking steps to stop the dismantling of Wagner, the private military company he owned. In an 11-minute statement, he said, “We started our march because of an injustice,” but he didn’t say where he was or what his goals were at the time.